Ince cools talk of Liverpool move

Blackpool winger Tom Ince has denied he was on the verge of a move to Liverpool in the January transfer window, ESPN has reported, but the England Under-21 star did admit he wants to play in the Premier League.

Ince added however that he was wary of making the step up to the top flight too soon, and was content to bide his time and wait for an opportunity to arise rather than take the plunge before he was fully ready.

It was widely speculated that Liverpool were keen on taking Ince back to Anfield, after letting him join Blackpool for a cut-price in the summer of 2010. But Ince revealed the gossip was running ahead of the facts and that he was not that close to returning to Merseyside.

My dream is to play at the top level and to achieve my ambitions but it’s all about timing and patience, so when you get to the top you are ready to go and not jumping too soon,” Ince said, adding: “There was something about Liverpool coming in for me in January and to go to a top club like that would have been fantastic, but I have to realise it’s about playing football and I don’t think any of the moves were close.

Having remained with Blackpool, Ince is now managed by his father, former Liverpool and England midfielder Paul, with the Seasiders stuck in the bottom half of the Championship. However, for Ince personally the year has been rewarding, as he was named the Football League’s Young Player of the Year at a recent event.

Ince said: “ For me it’s about putting my faith in Blackpool because without that club, my teammates and the fans I wouldn’t be Football League Young Player of the Year and the player I am now.

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